North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Language Development and Communication (LDC)

Subdomain: Foundations for Reading

Goal: Children develop phonological awareness.

Skill Progression: Develop phonological awareness

Age: 42-48 Months

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Tries to write own name, but does not understand that the letters represent the sounds in name

Situations for Observation of Skill

Let the child try to write her name on paper.

Elicitation Strategy

Have the child write her name name on a drawing she has made.

Behavior Observed

The child learns to write many letters in her name (particularly if the name is short). Letters may be incorrect or in the wrong order, but the child understands that letters comprise her name, are separate, and in a line across the page.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators and parents should provide paper and pencils for children to use in all rooms of the house and in all centers of the classroom. Children can practice drawing observations and writing lists, their names, and so on with letter-like combinations, combined letter sequences, and invented spelling.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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